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Spring game report: Rays at Jays (9-3)



UPDATE, 4:04: Rays lose 9-3, head into off-day with next game on Tuesday in Port Charlotte.

UPDATE, 3:21: Jays now lead 9-3 after seven innings, with Eric Thames hitting a home run off Dane De La Rosa.

UPDATE, 2:38: Jays extend lead to 6-2 in sixth off Mike Ekstrom, after a throwing error by SS Tim Beckham.

UPDATE, 2:25: RHP Dirk Hayhust posts a 0 in the fourth against his former team.

UPDATE, 2:17: Upton shows impressive hustle, breaking from third and scoring when C Arencibia has to throw to first after not catching third strike on S-Rod.

UPDATE, 2:04: Massive homer by Jose Bautista off Cory Wade makes it 5-1 in the third.

UPDATE, 1:58: Rays go down quickly in the third as Damon and Ramirez strike out.

UPDATE, 1:53: Jays are up 4-1 after two inning as Yunel Escobar doubles in two runs, though a heads up relay from B.J. Upton to Tim Bekcham to Sean Rodriguez, who made a nice grab and tag, got Escobar out trying to stretch.

UPDATE, 1:47: Jays take a 2-1 lead, as JP Arencibia doubles off the CF wall and then David Cooper singles hard off Bootcheck, and McDonald follows with a single to right.

UPDATE, 1:44: Jays score a run off Bootcheck in the bottom of the first, so it's 1-1, and Rays go down in the top of the second.

UPDATE, 1:27: Word from our man Joe Smith in Port Charlotte is that James Shields looked good in his minor-league intra-squad outing, allowing three hits and one unearned run over five innings, striking out four and walking none.

UPDATE, 1:15: Rays start with a bit of a rally, Damon doubles to left with one out and Ramirez is hit by a pitch, and get a run when they Jays botch a potential double play on Dan Johnson's grounder.

UPDATE, 12:20: Maddon acknowledged that they had James Shields pitch in a minor-league game today so they Jays wouldn't get a look at him. ... Plus, they wanted to see Chris Bootcheck against big-league hitters. ... He said he has been impressed with a number of the young pitchers, and said that Chris Archer was clocked at 97 mph the other day, with a 91 mph slider.

 UPDATE, 12:17: Jays lineup:
Davis rf
Escobar ss
Snider dh
Bautista 3b
Thames lf
Arencibia c
Patterson cf
Cooper 1b
McDonald 2b
Morrow p

UPDATE, 11:08: New Rays lineup:
 Zobrist rf,
Damon dh,
Ramirez lf,
D. Johnson 1b,
Upton cf,
S-Rod 3b,
E. Johnson 2b,
Shoppach c,
Beckham ss,
Bootcheck p

The Rays are headed to Dunedin today for their final exhibition before the lone day off of the spring.

Most of the big name players are scheduled to play, including Evan Longoria and Manny Ramirez.

The Rays did have pitcher James Shields stay back in Port Charlotte to pitch in a minor-league intrasquad game rather than face the division rival Blue Jays.

Here is the lineup that was posted in the Port Charlotte clubhouse:
Zobrist rf
Damon dh
Longoria 3b
Ramirez lf
D. Johnson 1b
Upton cf
S. Rodriguez 2b
Shoppach c
Beckham ss
Bootcheck p


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